Civil War Day 2016

New Events: Living History Saturdays at Cherry Hill Farmhouse


This August get ready for Living History Saturdays! Learn about our City’s 19th century history at Cherry Hill Farmhouse. These events are great for all ages. Take a tour through the Cherry Hill Farmhouse Barn or meet a reenactor. Looking for something to eat at the event? Stop by the Falls Church Farmers Market which will be be happening simultaneously (outside City Hall, 300 Park Ave.).
  • Dates: August 6 and August 27
  • Time: 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Cherry Hill Farmhouse (312 Park Ave.)

Saturday, August 6 – Civilians Under Siege


A living history demonstration of what life was like for civilians during the Civil War. Hear about the work of the Ladies Sanitary Commission along with Thaddeus Lowe’s aerial surveillance. Tours of Cherry Hill Farmhouse are available throughout the day. Children's activities include the yard game of “Hoop and Stick” and butter churning.

Saturday, August 27 – Life of a Soldier


Discover what life in a soldier’s camp was like according to the 28th Massachusetts Regiment. Learn what soldiers ate, how they slept, and other activities that took place at camp. Tours of Cherry Hill Farmhouse are available throughout the day. Children's activities include the “Ball and Cup” game and quill penmanship.
Rain Update
Updated Time: May 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Due to expected rain, this year's Civil War Day will be modified. All children's activities will take place within the Cherry Hill Farmhouse -- there's something for children of all ages, and it’s all free! The house will be open for tours and the following activities from 10 a.m. to Noon:

  • Butter churning
  • Make-your-own ball & cup toy
  • Cipher wheels: decode a mystery!
  • Civil War relics
  • Quill penmanship
  • Watercolors
  • Coloring
  • Memorabilia and books for sale

Stay tuned for Civil War Saturdays, bringing special exhibits and events to the farmhouse this summer!

Questions?
Please call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711).